Florida Power & Light has one unhappy and very famous customer.
Donald Trump excoriated the for-profit utility on his popular Twitter feed Tuesday, writing: “In my opinion, one of the worst utility companies in the country is Florida Power and Light.”
Trump’s complaint? He explained in a subsequent tweet — and telephone interview with Miami Herald — that he was displeased with the condition of the utility poles around the Doral golf resort he bought for $150 million last year, especially near a stately new sign. The resort is in the midst of a significant upgrade, and Trump threatened to sue FPL if the poles outside don’t get better, too.
“Florida Power & Light has disgusting rotting utility poles outside Doral in Miami,’’ Trump, an avid and outspoken user of social media, wrote to the 2.3 million followers of @realDonaldTrump. “They should put in new ones or be sued.”
Dozens of followers retweeted Trump. Among the best known: Ingrid Casares, South Beach nightlife maven and Madonna friend.
“Agreed wait till a storm hits,” Casares tweeted to her 18,900 followers.
FPL spokesman Greg Brostowicz said in an email FPL has inspected more than 130,000 poles a year since 2006 and, as a result, replaced more than 50,000 poles and strengthened about 30,000.